GPJA #471: Remembering Hiroshima; What’s On; News from Aotearoa & the world (6/8/13)



John Pilger: The lies of Hiroshima live on, props in the war crimes of the 20th century

This Week in ‘Nation’ History: Hiroshima and the Roots of American Secrecy


Wednesday, August 7, 6pm, Henderson Council Chamber Civic Building (Level 2), 6 Henderson Valley Road Henderson
The WEB invites you to a forum on: Migrant workers experiences on labour exploitation in New Zealand. Presenter: Dennis Maga (Co-ordinator of Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). 6:00pm for registration/networking; Meeting from 6:30pm -8:00pm. RSVP: contact or Phone (09) 836 0169 by 2nd August for catering purposes, as seating is strictly limited. Baljit Singh I Coordinator I Waitakere Ethnic Board PO Box 21068, Henderson, Waitakere City 0650, Auckland.

Wednesday, August 7, 6.00pm, University of Auckland Conference Centre, 26 Symonds St, Auckland
Frances Joychild QC talk on human rights litigation in New Zealand. Frances Joychild QC will be speaking at our annual general meeting on 7 August 2013 about the environment of human rights litigation in New Zealand. In particular, Frances will share her recent experiences in significant discrimination cases in the Court of Appeal: representing the Child Poverty Action Group in their challenge of the government’s In-Work Tax Credit scheme (Court of Appeal decision expected in the coming months); and representing Atkinson in the Family Caregivers Case (Ministry of Health v Atkinson [2012] 3 NZLR 456 (CA)), where the government policy that excluded family members from payment for providing various disability support services to their disabled children was found to be unjustified discrimination. Frances Joychild QC is one of New Zealand’s leading human rights lawyers. She has 15 years experience as a barrister sole working in civil litigation, and has spent 3 years as a Law Commissioner. WHEN: Wednesday 7 August 2013 at 6:00 pm for drinks and nibbles for a 6:30 pm start.
Annual General Meeting, Human Rights Lawyers Association of NZ: At the conclusion of Frances Joychild QC’s speech, the Association will hold its second Annual General Meeting (AGM). We expect that it will take approximately 30 minutes, and the Association will provide further drinks and nibbles at its conclusion. All members are welcome. For more information, follow this link.

Thursday, August 8, Outside Straterra Inc, Ground Floor, 93 The Terrace, Wellington
On Thursday 8 August, Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources is going to the mining club, Straterra, to “discuss how he sees the energy and resources portfolio evolving and his views on challenges facing the minerals industry.” He’s speaking at Straterra at 4:45pm. Let’s tell him what those challenges are. Let’s remind him of the damage the mining he supports is doing. The Denniston plateau (under threat from open cast coal mining by Bathurst Resources). The Pegasus Basin (under threat from Deep Sea Oil drilling by Anadarko). Taranaki (where farmland is poisoned by fracking). Let’s remind him about Solid Energy’s recent implosion at huge cost to workers and local communities – this is the boom and bust nature of the mining industry. Let’s remind him that this is not the future we want in Aotearoa. Join other Wellingtonians in a demonstration against the Government’s mining agenda. Organised by a coalition of community anti-mining groups in Wellington. If you are on Facebook, please join the Facebook event at and – this is the crucial part invite likemided friends to the event.

Tuesday, August 13, 1pm, Parnell Trust Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland
Women’s Health Action, Counselling Services Centre, HELP, Rape Prevention Education and Tu Wahine Trust invite you to the annaul Cartwright Seminar, ‘One in a Hundred: Improving Justice for sexual violence survivors’ on Tuesday, August 13th from 1pm. The seminar will include a panel of presenters followed by discussion and then a light refreshments. Tickets cost $10. Register online at info or phone 09 520 5295. Please circulate this invitation among your networks.

Wednesday, August 14, 7-9pm, St Colomba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby
A social justice forum on youth and employment. “Walk Alongside: Meaningful Work for the Young”. Guest Speakers: Cathy Bi, Caritas Aotearoa; Sarah Thompson, Auckland Action Against Poverty. For more information see: maryb


Witness a people’s revolution in action. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 14th international solidarity brigade to Venezuela this December is a very special opportunity to observe, learn about and be inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that is transforming Latin America and challenging the greed and exploitation of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible.

Brigade registration and costs

The registration deadline for the 2013 brigade is September 1, 2013. Accommodation, transport within Venezuela and English-Spanish translation throughout the brigade will be organised for all participants by the AVSN. Participants will need to book their own international airfares. Please do not purchase your tickets before the registration deadline of September 1.In addition to your international airfare, you will need to budget for approximately $1200. This will cover your brigade registration fee ($500 for waged workers or $350 for students/pensioners), and your food, transport and (shared) accommodation in Venezuela.To register or for more information: EMAIL: brigades


Many thanks to all for a great 24 July Auckland launch of Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand. The follow-up book tour-cum-roadshow, Prochoice Highway, kicks off next month, and runs till the end of the year. If you’d like to follow the Highway via occasional email updates, this link will take you to a page where you can sign up. Otherwise your in-box will be left in peace from now on (unless, that is, you already happen to be a subscriber). Ngā mihi nui, Alison McCulloch

Please see attached our Winter Newsletter. It has been a busy year for Hauraki/Coromandel with the Manaia campaign, closely followed by the Regatta and most recently the protest to protect Parakiwai, as well as expanding threats of mining in areas that are totally inappropriate. The government continue to present short-sighted committment to facilitating the mineral industry over and above communities and the environment. Thank you for being part of protecting the Coromandel, we know that communities deserve better than short-term unsustainable economic solutions and together we can save the Coromandel from this. Do not hesitate to get in touch with your ideas and/or to volunteer your time. Kind Regards, Renee Annan, Coordinator, Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki. m: 0220181764 Newsletter:

Nominations are open for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa – New Zealand in 2013. Download a nomination form here

Hi folks in aotearoa, Five weeks before I land in Christchurch, and then ramble around the south and north islands of New Zealand, before then going to tour Australia, starting in Perth and then moving on to drive from Adelaide to Brisbane, including lots of cities in between, such as Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney… At this point the tour is looking good, but there is still a heck of a lot of room for improvement! More gigs on both islands of Aotearoa and in the smaller cities anywhere in southeastern Australia would be very, very welcome indeed. I hope to hear from some of you who might be up for organizing something, and I hope to see many of you on the upcoming tour! Please let people know about all this if you see fit. That’s the only way this works, I’ve discovered… Details of what’s definite so far below and of course on my website…
Saturday, August 17th: The Free House, 95 Collingwood Street, Nelson
Monday, August 19th: Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 8 pm! Puppies, Wellington
Friday, August 23rd: Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei
Saturday, August 24th: Thirsty Dog, Auckland

Candidates will be asked by communities to step up for a Living Wage at this year’s local body elections in Auckland, Wellington and beyond. The Living Wage Movement will hold seven meetings in Auckland with communities that want to see employees and contracted workers at Auckland Council paid a Living Wage. Living Wage Aotearoa NZ will join with the following Auckland communities to call for a Living Wage and to support other critical issues that really matter to their communities:
Unions @ Papatoetoe Cosi Club | August 22, 4-6pm
Women @ Columbus Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby | September 3, 6-8pm
Youth @ Auckland University quad | September 4, 12.30-1.30pm
Migrant and Refugees @ Mays Rd Memorial Hall | September 7, 4-6pm
Faith-based groups @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 10, 7-9pm
West Auckland communities @ Tuvalu Church, Aetna Pl | September 18, 6-8pm
Pacific Communities @ Pacific Island Church Otara | October 4, 5-7pm

Dear friends, We are pleased to introduce to you People’s Solidarity and Education Tours (PSET), a newly-formed organization dedicated to solidarity building through tourism. More than offering fun and a glimpse of the country’s beauty, PSET offers an opportunity for travelers to have meaningful interaction and build solidarity with the Filipino people, especially in these times of worsening impoverishment and social injustices. Should you (or your members/contacts) be coming over to the Philippines, kindly consider availing of our heritage tours to see the Philippines’ famous historical and cultural sites from a different light, linking the country’s past and present with information and analysis that goes beyond the trivial, common, and colonial; or, to take part in our immersion programs in various communities for an in-depth understanding of the Filipino people’s plight, and direct contribution and long-term solidarity with them in their struggles. We also offer study tour programs which combine heritage tours and community exposures with formal lectures by institutions and authorities on the different aspects and issues of Philippine society. Alternatively, we can simply explore possible partnerships in the future. Please do not hesitate to email us at secretariat for more information and inquiries. Background information are also available at secretariat See the Philippines, learn and make a difference!



“At some stage you have to fight” – In this eye-opening and thought provoking article a recent guest at Dunedin’s Milton Prison explains what prison life is actually like in New Zealand. From getting in to getting out the author describes the barbaric, brutal interior of the country’s criminal justice system

Gordon Campbell on the Fonterra milk powder scandal, and the ongoing Dunne email saga

Racial abuse rife, says taxi driver

Matt McCarten: Teflon PM survives perfect storm

Nats face protest at big meet

Families paid after SAS killings, film says

Law group wants change after claims of illegal expulsions

Few options for the desperate – As Australia closes the door on desperate boat arrivals, Amnesty International New Zealand head Grant Bayldon thinks it’s time for New Zealand to increase the number of refugees it takes.

Minto for Mayor, transport

Darktown (Amazon $2.99): Tania Simpson is an environmental activist living in Aro Valley, campaigning against plans to build a massive luxury hotel on the site of an old petrol station, the year before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Her body has just been found washed up on Sommes Island, in the middle of Wellington harbour. Welcome to Darktown.

Peter Williams: Criminals are victims

Witness to a revolution

John Minto Releases Affordable Housing Policy – Video – See more at:

Cosying up to Americans brings big costs for Key

Officer failed in his duty


Anne Salmond: Govt must heed Kiwis’ unwillingness to live in spy state

Close Waihopai! Abolish the SIS! By Mike Treen

Can NZ say no to the US? By Chris Barton

Gehan Gunasekara: Let’s lead the spooks a merry dance

9:30 AM TuesdaJeff Simmonds – Let’s Shut Down Waihopai!

How much does the NSA subsidise the GCSB? By Keith Locke – See more at:

Extended spying won’t diminish terrorist threat – expert

Al-Qaida claim a GCSB ‘sales job’ – Stephenson—Stephenson/tabid/423/articleID/307315/Default.aspx

88 flavours of bullshit

OK. Let’s kill that GCSB Bill!

We all have something to hide

New Zealand is ‘part of NSA surveillance’ – report

Key’s terror claims under fire

John Minto Speaks Out Against the GCSB Bill In Auckland

Phone taps old news for activists

Tech giants: GCSB bill will hurt economy

Drop GCSB bill, Dunne urged

The GCSB Act – some history…

Spy laws dangerous says Marama Davidson

Playing the fear card – Key’s last frantic gamble By John Minto – See more at:

The HRF’s Tim McBride with Chris Laidlaw on Sunday

Spying leak hints at wider NZ role


Spy scandal journalist speaks out

Espiner: Free press more important than GCSB

Images of state surveillance of the media in NZ: This is a collection of recent cartoons relating to the scandals over surveillence of journalists such as Andrea Vance and Jon Stephenson by the Government and military. More will be added.

I’m angry at my records being released

Govt betrayal on a monumental scale By John Armstrong

Key’s media spying scandal deepens – Press Release: Green Party

Gordon Campbell on the Vance phone scandal

GCSB saga becoming National’s version of hell

Photos: GCSB protests nationwide

NZ part of NSA surveillance – Snowden

John Key trashes the Constitution

Thorn’s silence will be broken at inquiry

Who’s to blame for the abuse on Andrea Vance? by Tim Watkin

Editors want answers in Kiwi spying claims

Chris Trotter: Media misses the real story

Gower slams ‘cowboy spying operation’

Prime Minister adamant over Vance emails

Sir Geoffrey: Why phone record gaffe matters

DominionPost Editorial: Speaking truth to power

NZH Editorial: PM should take care when flexing his muscles

Southland Times Editorial: Nice of them to inquire

NSA accused of spying on McClatchy reporter

Emails given to inquiry

Police seize Cuppagate texts

Chilling attacks on freedom

Spying scandal forensics

Brian Rudman: Big Brother’s agents keep bumbling on


Bryce Edwards: Political roundup: The bullying of the media

More military intimidation

Spying on another journalist – what did Key have to hide?



Teina Poraa’s lawyer to lodge Privy Council appeal

Teina Pora: Injustice we believe

Teina Pora case: Police fear miscarriage of justice

Support an urgent independent inquiry into the conviction of Teina Pora.

TV Review: 3rd Degree

Wrong man jailed for 1992 killing

Teina Pora: ‘He knows nothing’


If you’ve got it, flaunt it

‘They’re there and we’re here but we’re all the same’

Give away some of the ‘obscene’ money

Social ills blamed on growing inequality

Evidence Clear, Disparity Growing


Unite decries WINZ wage subsidy to McDonald’s

Wairau Park strike – store empty

The 15 year old fighting back against McDonalds

State gives McDonald’s $270,000 in subsidies


Union challenges The Warehouse living wage claims

Peter Lyons: Kiwi battlers losing power in economic apartheid

Slave Free Seas Challenges Loophole

CTU wants workers included on safety board

Unions appalled at iwi fishery exemptions

It Wasn’t the Workers or Unions Misusing their Power that Killed the Pike River Miners – CTU Submission

Forestry safety inquiry planned

120 jobs to go at Westport cement plant

Union campaign fights to achieve living wage

Kiwi Steel fined $52,000 after worker lost three fingers

Mining unions go head to head with company over safety

Forestry worker suffers serious head and back injuries

Pizza delivery man bashed by mystery attacker

$elling out workers’ rights



“The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labour. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands – the ownership and control of their livelihoods – are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.” ― Helen Keller, Rebel Lives


Crackdown – Aziz Choudry on the post-9/11 chill that is undermining struggles for social justice worldwide.

Egypt, Brazil, Turkey: without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elites – From Egypt to Brazil, street action is driving change, but organisation is essential if it’s not to be hijacked or disarmed

Noam Chomsky: Is Edward J. Snowden Aboard This Plane?

Dirty Wars and Self-indulgence

Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

First Americans were Black according to BBC documentary

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

Architecture, Occupation, and Resistance


Tallinn, Estonia’s Capital, Introduces Free Public Transportation For Residents


Greece still bust, Spain depressed, Italy paralysed

Online course: The economic crisis and globalisation


Oil, energy and capitalism: An unpublished talk by Barry Commoner

New pipeline plan dwarfs Keystone XL

Cuba’s 1st solar farm a step toward renewables

The New Neros: The Koch Bros Profit from Burning the World Up (Halperin Infographic)


Women and Turkish Cinema

Darktown (Amazon $2.99): Tania Simpson is an environmental activist living in Aro Valley, campaigning against plans to build a massive luxury hotel on the site of an old petrol station, the year before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Her body has just been found washed up on Sommes Island, in the middle of Wellington harbour. Welcome to Darktown.

Politics In the World of Tintin and Asterix

Free Downloadable Featured Books


White House Closes Inquiry Into Afghan Massacre – and Will Release No Details


Mining firm desecrated Australia Aboriginal site

Trams resume service after refugee protest causes disruptions

Refugees and the ideological imperatives of late capitalism in Australia – by Max Lane.

Private companies making a fortune from asylum seekers

There’s a paradox at the heart of the PNG plan – Whichever way you look at it, Labor’s brutal plan to stop the boats signals that Australia is no longer interested in offering protection.

Trades Hall calls on unionists to oppose refugee policy

Australia Sends First Refugees to Papua New Guinea


The Cocaleros and the rise of Evo Morales

Benjamin Kohl on “Bolivia under Morales: A Work in Progress”


Brazil’s middle class protest for basic needs – Despite millions being lifted out of poverty through economic growth, many still struggling on minimum wage.


Bulgarians in revolt against a country ‘parcelled out to business interests’ – See more at:


The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Mégantic by Harry Glasbeek



Shandong workers strike over Indian takeover of US tyre firmn


A Story that Needed to be Told by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada


Egypt’s long revolution: knowing your enemy

An Impending Bloodbath in Egypt: Will It Break the Coup?

30 June was neither a revolution nor a coup


Germany scraps old surveillance pact with US, Britain over NSA leaks


How the Media Got Guatemala’s Dos Erres Massacre Wrong


Indonesia’s Palm Oil Industry Rife With Human-Rights Abuses


The Effects of The Economic Sanctions Against Iran


Dublin Bus workers are on strike indefinately since August 4th because they refuse to take any more cuts to pay.


Fukushima Going From Horrible To Horrendous


CIA ‘running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked’


July 19, 1979: Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution remembered — Video by John Pilger: On July 19, 1979, the Nicaraguan people led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrew the brutal US-backed dictator Somoza. In this film, made by John Pilger in the 1980s, the background to the revolt and the gains won — and the United States’ virulent opposition — are graphically explained.


Police Forced To Release West Papuan Political Prisoners

Australia complicit in PNG’s Bougainville blight

Australians funding PNG’s feared cops

NZ unions back Fiji sugar workers

Cuba’s unsung medical training helps develop Timor Leste and Pacific island countries

West Papua Media: Women ‘shield’ activists as rally forcibly dispersed by police


Bureau investigation finds fresh evidence of CIA drone strikes on rescuers


The Prawer Plan

Soldiers assault a twelve-year-old Palestinian while settlers invade family rooftop in Hebron

‘Peace talks’ meaningless says survivor of Gaza massacre


Noy urged to appoint HR victims’ compensation board

Liberation International Interview with Luis G. Jalandoni of NDFP : Social Conflict and Peace in the Philippines


Terry Bell: The Marikana watershed


Kurdish Struggle Blurs Syria’s Battle Lines

Patrick Cockburn: Covering Syria’s Complicated Civil War


Tunisian tensions escalate amid Arab spring’s unravelling


The Gezi Park Resistance and Social Class: A Revolt of the ‘Middle Class’? By Yalcin Burkev


Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

Immigrant checkpoints are naked state racism

Serco: the company that is running Britain: From prisons to rail franchises and even London’s Boris bikes, Serco is a giant global corporation that has hoovered up outsourced government contracts. Now the NHS is firmly in its sights. But it stands accused of mismanagement, lying and even charging for non-existent work

How children lost the right to roam in four generations

Telecom giants give GCHQ unlimited access to networks, develop own spyware – Snowden leaks

Britain in debt: Half of UK adults ‘living on financial edge’

This hunt for illegal immigrants is revolting

George the Poet: ‘Go Home’ – video

The water companies and the foul stench of exploitation – The privatisation of water is a story of greed, incompetence and fleecing the public

Zero-hours contracts cover more than 1m UK workers

McDonald’s ties nine out of 10 workers to zero-hours contracts


How the Execs Who Brought Down Bear Stearns Bounced Back

The Great Eviction: The Landscape of Wall Street’s Creative Destruction

10 Million Americans Have Had Their Homes Taken Away by the Banks — Often at the Point of a Gun

Locking Up Millions of Americans Isn’t Just About Punishing the Underclass, It’s About Raking in the Dough

North Carolina Becomes the Front Line of a Brutal Corporate Assault on Education Raging in America

The Corporate Right-Wing Agenda Is Driving Thousands of Americans to Attempt Suicide

Where Did The Good Jobs Go? Globalization, Free Trade And The Demise Of America’s Middle Class

The more nefarious US foreign policy, the more it relies on media complicity


“We Are Slowly Dying”: Fast-Food Workers Launch Strike for Living Wage and Right to Unionize

For Fast-Food Strikers in New York, It’s About ‘Moral Values’

A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay

After a Pause, Walmart Strikes Back

Where Are Workers Most Underpaid: Apple, Walmart or McDonald’s? – See more at:

Fast Food Shouldn’t Mean Low Wages

New labor movement emerges in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin

5 Faces Of This Week’s Fast Food Worker Strikes

Fast Food Strikes Catch Fire

‘I’m working as hard as I can’: For the poor, the costs of life can be higher

John Oliver spotlighted the plight of American fast food workers on Thursday night’s Daily Show and the plight of Fox News anchors who are very angry at them.

Pay Mas: Fast food workers agitate for higher wages and the right to unionize. (02:59)


Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?

How we lost our Constitution somewhere in Iraq and came back without it to Try Manning (van Buren)

The Surveillance State Is as Strong as Ever

Snowden Sidestep: Latest NSA leaks fall on deaf ears in Washington

What Bradley Manning’s Sentence Will Tell Us About Our Military Justice System By Michael Moore

Bradley Manning family statement: ‘Brad loved his country and was proud to wear its uniform’

Noam Chomsky Praises Bradley Manning’s Actions

The Trials of Bradley Manning – His conviction on Espionage Act charges poses grave dangers for American journalism.

The Monsterization of Trayvon Martin – How George Zimmerman’s lawyers exploited racist stereotypes to justify the fear—and killing—of black men.

Are Street Protests Next in the Fight Over Education Reform?

‘Every Stroke you Type’: Greenwald Reveals Xkeyscore, Vindicating Snowden

NSA Confirms Dragnet Phone Records Collection, But Admits It Was Key in Stopping Just 1 Terror Plot

Bradley Manning: Worse Crime Than My Lai?

Calley Vs Manning: Which Army ‘Criminal’ Would You Convict?

SIMPSONS: PRISM! Lisa talking about government spying on them.


Why Did Washington Hate Hugo Chavez? An Interview with Author and Revolutionary Eva Golinger

Maduro marks gains, pushes greater popular power


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